Fargo Davies blanks East Grand Forks 5-0
Cam Bullinger and Barron Stibbe lead Fargo Davies as Green Wave drop their seventh loss in eight games.
EAST GRAND FORK — East Grand Forks could not find the back of the net against Fargo Davies in during their ninth loss of the season Thursday night. And it was the second time the Green Wave have been shutout this season.
Davies seniors Cam Bullinger and Barron Stibbe both picked up multi-point nights in the 5-0 win, including two goals from Bullinger.
“We have a tremendous senior class. They put in the work, they are super skilled and super hard workers. It’s looking like a good squad right now,” Davies head coach Nate Metcalf said after the win.
A hot start in the opening minutes saw the Green Wave get out to a 5-1 shot lead. Davies goaltender Trent Wiemken did his part to keep EGF off the scoreboard and allow his squad to be in a position to open the scoring.
In quick succession—just 20 seconds apart—Garrett Winjum and Stibbe each scored on chances off the rush to put the Eagles up 2-0 in the first period.
It is a similar sequence that has been seen throughout this year for the Eagles, who are tied for first in the EDC with Grand Forks Red River.
“We really focused on how we exited the season last year in the EDC. The kids worked hard and it's showing on the ice,” Metcalf said.
The Green Wave had a power-play chance at the end of the first period that carried over to the second, but could not convert. Justin Overgaard did ring one off the post with a slap shot, but it would be the closest they would come to scoring.
Davies would respond with another goal shortly after the power play expired. Jobe Freier got behind the Green Wave defense and put the third goal past Lucas Wavra.
Then as the Eagles began to take control of the middle frame, Bullinger added another goal as they headed into the locker room up 4-0.
“We stress trying to get as many points as we can off the rush. We like to play fast and if we can get a couple of points off that then that’s a bonus. It is something we have been stressing this year,” said Metcalf.
It would wind up being the second time East Grand Forks has lost three consecutive games this season and it is the team's seventh loss in eight games. Through that month-long span, they have given up 42 goals and a total of 59 goals this season, which is the second-most in Section 8A, behind Crookston.
One more Bullinger goal off the rush would make for the final 5-0 score and give Fargo Davies its 12th win of the season. They have one more non-conference game against Moorhead and then return to EDC play to complete their regular-season stretch heading into February.
For East Grand Forks, the Wave will host Roseau on Tuesday. The Rams hold second place in Section 8A with a 12-2-0 record.
Fargo Davies 5,
East Grand Forks 0
First Period – 1-0 FD: Garrett Winjum (Luke Lorenz, Grant Matter), 2-0 FD: Barron Stibbe (Hunter Demers, Cam Bullinger)
Second Period – 3-0 FD: Jobe Freier (Jack Bullinger), 4-0 FD: Cam Bullinger (Stibbe)
Third Period – 5-0 FD: Cam Bullinger
Goalie saves – FD: Trent Wiemken 20 saves, EGF: Lucas Wavra 18 saves, Chase Mero 7 saves